Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics

By Prof. Pranab K. Mondal   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 559
This course deals with the experimental techniques in Fluid Mechanics. One part of the course focuses on different techniques and challenges associated with the measurement of flow features. Other part of the course has emphasis on the statistical analysis of experimental data. Thus, this course would provide an understanding on several experimental methods in Fluid Mechanics and would unveil hypotheses concerning with the cause-and-effect relationships. It represents the most valid approach to the solution of theoretical advancement in the field.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Undergraduate students of Mechanical/Chemical/Aerospace engg. (5th semester onwards) and postgraduate students specializing in the thermofluids/Fluid Mechanics/Aerospace/Automobiles; industry personnel associated with Fluid Machinery/automobile and aerospace engineering; faculty members associated with Mechanical/Chemical/Aerospace engg.
PREREQUISITES : Basic UG-level Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Kirloskar Pumps, KSB Pumps, Tata Power and industries manufacturing cooling tower
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to Experimental Methods
Week 2 : Measurement System
Week 3 : Displacement and Area Measurement
Week 4 : Pressure Measurements
Week 5 : Low pressure measurements
Week 6 : Flow Measurements
Week 7 : The Measurement of Temperature
Week 8 : Measurement of Chaotic flows
Week 9 : Measurement of Flow Angle of Turbo machineries 
Week 10 : Micro PIV
Week 11 : Response Characteristics
Week 12 : Statistical Analysis

Books and references

[1] Holman, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 6e, McGraw-Hill, 1994.
[2] Doeblin, Engineering Experimentation, McGraw-Hill, 1995

Instructor bio

Prof. Pranab K. Mondal

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Pranab K. Mondal is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati since May 2015. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2015. He worked as an Research Associate at IIT Khargpur for nearly one years before joining IIT Guwahati. His principal research interest, encompassing the broad area of Microfluidics, has covered various facets of microscale multiphase transport, electrokinetics microscale transport of heat and experimental microfluidics. He is currently working on stability analysis of flows with free-surfaces, experimental investigations of capillary filling of bio-fluids and droplet dynamics. He has co-authored more than 70 referred journal and conference publications. He is a regular reviewer of many reputed international journals and also associated with several sponsored projects.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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